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Phoenix Mazda Drivers Review The 2019 CX-9

Already one of the highest-rated three-row crossovers on the market, the Mazda CX-9 returns for 2020 with some big updates. According to the Phoenix area Mazda dealership, many of Mazda’s i-Activsense safety technologies now come standard across the lineup. Meanwhile, a newly available Off-Road Traction Assist feature enhances the CX-9’s ability to venture off the beaten path.

Trims For Choice

There are four CX-9 trim levels on offer: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. When checking out the new CX-9 at the Mazda dealer near Phoenix, you can experience its strong performance. Under the hood rests a turbocharged, Skyactiv 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque with regular gas. However, using premium fuel bumps output to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. Sending power to the wheels is a six-speed automatic transmission with sport mode. Car and Driver clocked the CX-9 with a zero-to-60 mph time of 7.3 seconds, which puts it among the quickest three-row crossovers. A 3,500-pound tow rating further highlights the CX-9’s versatility.

In terms of fuel economy, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 returns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway.* If you opt for all-wheel drive, you can expect the CX-9 to deliver 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway.

Sporty handling gives the CX-9 a clear advantage over most competitors. It drives more like a sedan as opposed to a traditional SUV. By shifting the crossover’s weight forward when cornering, Mazda’s standard G-Vectoring further improves grip. This feature also applies light braking force to the outer wheels for enhanced stability.

Comfort and Performance

While the CX-9 is fun to drive on the street, it can also handle off-road trails. All-wheel-drive models now benefit from Off-Road Traction Assist. When encountering especially rough terrain, the system can send extra torque to the wheels.

Elegant styling helps the 2020 Mazda CX-9 stand out from the competition. It looks especially sleek and athletic. While even the base CX-9 Sport features standard LED headlights and dual exhaust finishers, available 20-inch alloy wheels give the SUV an especially athrletic stance.

On the inside, the CX-9 provides enough space for up to seven passengers. This year, heated front seats come standard. Meanwhile, ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats are offered on the higher trim levels. You’ll also appreciate the CX-9’s high-tech features. A newly available 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has arrived for 2020. For serious music lovers, Mazda offers a powerful Bose sound system with 12 speakers.

Chosen as an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, the CX-9 is designed to provide superior crash protection. Mazda’s now-standard i-Activsense system provides several advanced driving aids, including low-speed automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. Drivers who spend a lot of time in the city can take advantage of the CX-9’s available 360-degree parking camera.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.